PartnersThe INSPIRES consortium is made up of thirteen project partners from different European countries in order to ensure integrity and objectivity. The consortium consists of thirteen research universities across Europe.
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus University Rotterdam is a leading European research university with over 2000 staff. It hosts one of the largest public administration research communities in Europe, and is among the top-scoring departments in Europe in terms of journal article output. The department of public administration consists of two research groups, Comparative Public Services Innovation and Governance of Complex Systems. The former will host the project.
KU Leuven - University of Leuven
HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society is the leading multidisciplinary research institute in human sciences at the University of Leuven. HIVA specialises in policy-oriented research on labour and society. Besides applied policy research, HIVA is also engaged in basic fundamental research. This gives HIVA a unique position within the University of Leuven and outside the university, which allows it to both conduct pioneering research on labour market issues and contribute to policy development through the dissemination of research results and the evaluation of policies.
Queen Margaret University - Edinburgh
Queen Margaret University (QMU) has a growing profile in commercialisation and knowledge transfer. QMU is highly regarded for its innovative, relevant, practice and policy informing research and knowledge transfer activities across a range of disciplines. Research is structured around a number of strategically important areas of niche distinctiveness. Researchers within Queen Margaret University continue to lead the way in research that cuts across the major priorities for Scotland, Europe and beyond.
University of Valencia
Polibienestar is a multidisciplinary research institute of the University of Valencia (UVEG), staffed by 15 experts in the design of social policies in dependency issues, health and social care, sustainability of social policies, and population ageing among others. Polibienestar has participated and coordinated EU RandD projects to improve the quality of life of elderly, disabled and people in risk of exclusion, such as ''Alzheimer: Tremplin intergenerationnel d'Insertion Sociale et Professionnelle''.
University of Lausanne - IDHEAP
The Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) is the only institute in Switzerland entirely dedicated to the study of public administration and public policy. IDHEAP is a centre of interdisciplinary research, both basic and applied, bringing together scholars from various disciplines such as economics, law, management and political sciences. IDHEAP researchers are well integrated into European networks, and have participated to various research initiatives, including COST actions and the various EU Framework programmes.
Corvinus University of Budapest
The Centre for Empirical Social Research (CESR) is part of the Institute of Sociology and Social Policy at the Corvinus University of Budapest. It coordinates theoretically based empirical research primarily in the field of economic sociology, entrepreneurship, elite studies, information society and European integration. Among the applied methods of CESR one can find the design and analysis of small surveys and large representative polls, content analysis, evaluation, interview, focus group, deliberative poll and civic discussion.
Stockholm University is located in the region's centre for higher education and research in science, the humanities, the social sciences and law. The Department of Social Work, which is one of the largest at Stockholm University, is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Stockholm University. The research at the department covers a large area, but the main focus lie on the organization of social work, treatment of drug- and alcohol abuse, social work with children and youth, and with elderly people.
University of Kent
The University of Kent was founded in1965 in Canterbury, England. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the largest departments of its type in the UK, and has strengths in a varied range of specialisms, from sociology to criminology, health care systems to migration, and social services to risk, race and ethnicity. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the School was in the top five nationally, with over 95% of its research being graded 'internationally significant'.
University of Duisburg-Essen
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) hosts the largest Social Science Faculty of German universities. The Institute for Work, Skills and Training (Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation - IAQ) is a research unit of approximately 40 researchers. It was incorporated into UDE's Faculty of Social Sciences in 2007 following the restructuring of public research facilities in the federal state of Northtrhine-Westphalia. The institute is a centre for interdisciplinary and internationally comparative research in the social sciences, with a particular focus on employment, welfare systems, skills and training, carrying out both basic and applied research.
The Utrecht University School of Governance (USG) studies public organisations and their interaction with the social and administrative environment. The USG's academic research has an excellent reputation as well, both nationally and internationally. USG's research programme, Public Matters, focuses on interactions between social transformations and organizations with public functions, and how these organizations make sense of and react to the consequences of these transformations from a public (governance) perspective.
Panteion University - Athens
Panteion University is one of the largest universities in Greece. The Department of Social Policy was set up at Panteion University after the separation of the Department of Social Policy and Social Anthropology in 2004. It offers graduate and post graduate studies in Social Policy and holds two research centres: the Centre for Social Morphology and Social Policy and the Laboratory for Gender and Equality Studies. The Department of Social policy and its academic staff are very active on research and social events in Greece and Europe and organises a number of Conferences every year.
The University of Urbino has a long score of teaching and research in human and social sciences, having sound Faculties of Sociology, Law, Political Science and Business and Economics, deeply rooted in national and international scientific debates. In January 2011 this rich experience was consolidated within the frame of the new research department DESP (Department of Economics, Society and Politics), strongly based on an approach aimed at studying social, political and economics systems, institutions and firms and their relations in a multi- and interdisciplinary way. The institutes which merged into the DESP have an important record of international and national research projects on social inclusion and exclusion, welfare, local policies and poverty.
European Centre Maribor
European Centre Maribor is a private university that is part of the Danube Higher Education initiative. The IMJ is a social sciences research institute within ESM with a strong focus on contemporary social processes in the broader region of Central Europe. Local histories and social memories, political groupings and divisions, the formation of ethnic, cultural and class differentiation, population movements and demography are in the very centre of its research and teaching agenda. Social policies development is regarded as one of primary goals of scientific work.